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by HuffnPuff
Thu, 05 Dec 2019, 03:14
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EV labelling laws
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: EV labelling laws

Maybe they’ll start to label petrol cars when they become rare. Currently it can be safely assumed that a crashed vehicle has diesel or petrol as a fuel unless it has an lpg sticker. Ev’s ate still pretty rare
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 08 Nov 2019, 03:48
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: No more i-miev's
Replies: 25
Views: 945

Re: No more i-miev's

Economically what doesn't make sense? Endlessly buying bigger battery packs? Economically it doesn’t make sense to buy a massive battery pack if you don’t need the range. The marketers have got hold of range anxiety and driven up EV prices because apparently we all need 400km if range to drive 400k...
by HuffnPuff
Thu, 31 Oct 2019, 05:17
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Storing energy
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: Storing energy

Richo wrote:
Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 13:04
Compressed air...
If only we could harness all the hot air in Canberra
by HuffnPuff
Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 03:14
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Nissan Ariya
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: Nissan Ariya

The 85kWh battery would make an amazing off grid battery for when the vehicle was parked up ...... I'd love to be able to buy a Kona and work through making a plug and play set up to use that big battery pack in an off grid set up that supplemented a small permanent battery pack that kept the syste...
by HuffnPuff
Sat, 26 Oct 2019, 07:37
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Nissan Ariya
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: Nissan Ariya

85kWh battery, where will this end, a battery with more range than the person driving the vehicle or the comfort limit of the passengers? T1 Terry It seems the marketers have cottoned into range anxiety and we have an arms race for the best range. Once everyone recognises they won’t need that range...
by HuffnPuff
Sun, 06 Oct 2019, 04:30
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Roof Rack/bars
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Roof Rack/bars

The factory ones are probably either rhino or Rola racks with a Hyundai sticker. Try to find out which and you might get them a smidgen cheaper elsewhere. Not that they are slightly different profile so accessories might not be switch between brands. I don’t have experience with EV and roof racks, b...
by HuffnPuff
Thu, 12 Sep 2019, 14:06
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Upgrading 24V mobility scooter from PB to LiFePO4 batts
Replies: 16
Views: 774

Re: Upgrading 24V mobility scooter from PB to LiFePO4 batts

An e-bike battery is probably the easiest option. Already packaged up, charger available, plenty of options assuming your current battery box would fit the battery.
by HuffnPuff
Sat, 07 Sep 2019, 04:50
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Solar day parking with AC charging
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Solar day parking with AC charging

Work places with solar are still unlikely to cover their energy needs - even if the carpark was added. So having free solar for customers/employees at the employers expense is unlikely to happen. If it concerns you then get as much solar as you can on your house and store the surplus - preferably 1...
by HuffnPuff
Thu, 05 Sep 2019, 14:36
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Upgrading 24V mobility scooter from PB to LiFePO4 batts
Replies: 16
Views: 774

Re: Upgrading 24V mobility scooter from PB to LiFePO4 batts

A little outside the box thinking, would it be possible to just buy some smaller lead batteries? You mention you don’t need the range. surely two half capacity batteries would be a lot lighter.

I do get the idea of upgrading though!
by HuffnPuff
Wed, 28 Aug 2019, 05:21
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: car hoist
Replies: 10
Views: 539

Re: car hoist

$600? Lucky my garage isn’t really tall enough for a hoist. Kinda defeats the purpose when you can’t get the vehicle much higher than a jack stand.
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 16 Aug 2019, 17:35
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Regenerative braking effect compared to traditional braking?
Replies: 6
Views: 622

Regenerative braking effect compared to traditional braking?

Particularly for those who have some experience, how does the braking effect of regenerative braking compare to traditional disc/drum brakes? Especially with reference to RWD vehicles. My understanding is that the front brakes do most of the work in an ICE vehicle and many of us have experience of y...
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 16 Aug 2019, 10:48
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: 'Unsealed 4x4' on my conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Re: 'Unsealed 4x4' on my conversion

Nice work. I can guess at all the comments about (lack of) range though!
by HuffnPuff
Sun, 11 Aug 2019, 17:18
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.

If you mainly drive on the flat, but love to drive flat-out, then you want regen... Efficiency is not everyone's goal though of course! I guess id fall into the ‘enthusiastic’ driver category, especially if the EV torque is as addictive as everyone says. I’d also be mostly driving in suburban traff...
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 09 Aug 2019, 21:12
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.

I had the "high performance" 1500 SS model of this vintage as one of my first cars. Couldn't keep clutches in it if I drove it hard, the gearbox was never a problem though. You could get away with a brass button or ceramic clutch to handle the torque of the electric motor, but the original driving ...
by HuffnPuff
Tue, 06 Aug 2019, 13:49
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.

I’m wondering about motors and range etc, but haven’t done any calcs yet. http://www.evmotors.com.au/products/appguide.html https://www.evworks.com.au/netgain-impulse-9-series-dc-motor-suitable-for-veh https://www.evworks.com.au/zeva-mc600sp-mc600sp-motor-controller Pack size ~190Wh/km (including 8...
by HuffnPuff
Sun, 04 Aug 2019, 04:45
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Re: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.

Thanks. I’d like it to be a low(ish) budget conversion, but don’t want it to be cheap and nasty. The pic isn’t mine, just on off the net. It is in pretty good condition, but the wiring loom is shot, melted wires around the ignition switch and I suspect brittle insulation elsewhere. Otherwise it is i...
by HuffnPuff
Sat, 03 Aug 2019, 16:22
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 854

Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.

A few months ago I purchased a 1969 Mazda 1500. Fairly rare car, but I like the look of it. My plan is to get it registered on its current petrol engine to ensure it is running to a suitable level and then begin the (expected to be) long process to convert to electric. I’m wondering about motors and...
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 17:01
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Disposing of old lithium batteries
Replies: 12
Views: 775

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Is it true that lithium batteries are able to be recycled well? I thought I’d heard that, but others have said lithium batteries are going to be a big problem when we start getting lots of old electric cars.
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 14 Jun 2019, 18:23
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: NSW Zoes please note

I see Vic have $100 discount and ACT have 20% so hopefully NSW have similar sorts of discount.
by HuffnPuff
Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 05:16
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1783

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I'm all for EV's but just noting that our 6 year old Elantra manual goes down to somewhere like 5.4 l/100 at highway speeds (not sure about A/C use after all this time and up to high 9's around town. That's the exact opposite of my experience - at 50kph my Ranger (and previous Hilux, wife's Prado e...
by HuffnPuff
Sun, 21 Apr 2019, 07:27
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1783

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

At this point in time I’d imagine electric cars are really a ‘city’ thing. Short drives, plenty of charging infrastructure etc. the more battery vehicles out there the more infrastructure will get built. The big energy companies know thugs are changing and will work towards supplying what the market...
by HuffnPuff
Wed, 03 Apr 2019, 04:22
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree
Replies: 20
Views: 1620

Re: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree

poprock wrote:
Mon, 01 Apr 2019, 18:16
So the good part is that it almost rules out dodgy backyard repairers.
But still allows you to spend your own time and money repairing a classic or modified vehicle you’ve put blood sweat and tears into.
by HuffnPuff
Mon, 01 Apr 2019, 15:13
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree
Replies: 20
Views: 1620

Re: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree

For future reference (or for handy trivia) NSW no longer recognises any cars as repairable writeoffs. All writeoffs are statutory there. As far as I know there is an exception to this rule if you have owned the car for more than 90 days and it would otherwise be considered ‘repairable’. This would ...
by HuffnPuff
Sun, 10 Feb 2019, 04:33
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Starting my journey.
Replies: 12
Views: 2382

Re: Starting my journey.

I’m in Lake Macquarie. Would appreciate any recommendations on who to talk to in the early phases.
by HuffnPuff
Fri, 08 Feb 2019, 20:26
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Starting my journey.
Replies: 12
Views: 2382

Re: Starting my journey.

Vehicle procured. I found a Mazda 1500 locally for what I think was a good price. Short(ish) term now is to get it running on ICE and registered. Longer term aim is for it to be running on sparks for my eldest, now 13yo, to be able to learn to drive in it.